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Wadena County workers will absorb 4.2 percent health care cost rise

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Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

Wadena County Commissioners approved a plan for county workers to pay an additional 4.2 percent next year for their health insurance premiums, which is less than their insurers, NJPA and HealthPartners had proposed.

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The insurers had proposed a 5.73 percent increase for 2010, but made a concession of 1 percent, while workers voted in a survey to accept some adjustments to their coverage to achieve the 4.2 percent level.

The county board also approved a small bump to Cafeteria dollars for employees. The dental coverage through Delta Dental will go up 7 percent in 2010 (and a projected 2 percent in 2011). Long-term care insurance remained steady. Long-term disability saw premiums actually decrease -- by 8 percent.

Wadena County Health Insurance Committee members Deb Nelson and Paul Sailer presented the numbers to the board, and also discussed with commissioners the necessity to go back and issue a Request for Proposals for January 2011 for future coverage.

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